Cory Loven

Graphic Design & Illustration

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

1. SHARE YOUR TEXT

I decided on the poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot. It's fairly lengthy, so the text can be viewed by following the link below.

http://www.bartleby.com/198/1.html

2. SHARE YOUR ANNOTATIONS

Wordlisting tends to be how I begin any design project. At times it can seem like a stream of consciousness, but I try and work past the first initial ideas in an attempt to find an idea or concept that's less obvious. Then I'll put an asterisk next to words or ideas that I feel could be conveyed visually.

3. SHARE YOUR SKETCHES

After wordlisting, I'll collect visual inspiration on the words that I starred. After that I begin to sketch concepts and ideas from this visual vocabulary.

4. SHARE YOUR EARLY DESIGN ITERATIONS

There's a great deal of imagery that's conjured up while reading this poem, so it was difficult to decide on a few main directions. Going back to the poem though, there was repeated images of growing old, balding, insecurities, timid, women, love (or lack there of) and time.

I thought the idea of utilizing a peach to convey his balding hair, insecurities towards the opposite sex, and growing old were strong ideas to visually convey for a cover. So I decided on concept/sketch 2 of the sunsetting peach.

5. SHARE YOUR FINAL DESIGN

After refining the minimal, modern, graphic style of the abstract peach/sun, I created a mock-up of the final design on a book jacket. I'm fairly happy with the final design, but ways of improving the design even further would be to refine the type treatment more, and have the color reflect the tone of the story. Also, the graphic aesthetic, although visually appealing to me, does not necessarily capture the tone and time period of when the story is set.

Thanks for Peter for putting together this class. We're all very lucky to gain insight from your videos and comments.

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